My local Home Hardware store sells fasteners by the pound in which it
thankfully differs from all other stores selling fasteners here. The savings
are substantial. Unless you want set screws: Those come in packages of one.
A 3/16" 6-32 set screw costs $0.59.
I weighed it as accurately as I could and it weighs 0.1 gm. This makes it
about $167 an ounce. This is over ten times more expensive than silver and
just sligthly cheaper than palladium.
Now the question is what proportion of one's investment portfolio should be
in set screws? Should one dabble in the set screw futures? From ethical
point of view, is there such thing as a "blood set screw"?
It is common to have cost plus minimum charge.
When I was a product development Engineer I caught the company selling
parts in three price ranges. The bottom was as expensive as as the middle or
top prices. Top means more than one would want if one had a handful of machines.
I was developing a machine and was setting up options. I built in user kits
that was over the minimum charge level and gave good value.
We still made good money on the option - it payed for someone to mark, pack and
ship but didn't send someone to a private school!
I visited a customer some years later and was thanked. He knew what I had
done - buying the older machine parts and my machine parts. We kept that
customer until he retired and the division was in business. Honesty pays.
Getting back to set screws - I bet you could buy a volume for a better price.
Most of us don't use a pound of screws.
Martin H. Eastburn
@ home at Lions' Lair with our computer lionslair at consolidated dot net
TSRA, Endowed; NRA LOH & Patron Member, Golden Eagle, Patriot's Medal.
NRA Second Amendment Task Force Charter Founder
IHMSA and NRA Metallic Silhouette maker & member.
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